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Dental Implants – Here’s What You Need to Know

Dental Implants

Considering dental implants?  It’s crucial to understand the different types available and which one might be the most suitable for your needs.

Commercial Road Dental will explain each type of implant, from the treatment and recovery process to who they’re best suited to and typical costs. All the things you need to consider for different kinds of dental implants.

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants come in three common types: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic. Among these, endosteal implants are the most popular and considered a safe option. For patients who require a full set of new teeth, the ‘All on 4’ method has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants. They consist of small titanium screws surgically placed into the jawbone.

After implant placement, a healing period of a few months is required, during which the implant fuses with the bone. Once healed, an abutment and crown are attached. Although healing may take a few months, you can usually return to your normal activities within a few days.

Endosteal implants are ideal for patients with good overall oral health and adequate bone structure, who may be missing a few teeth. They have a high success rate and provide a natural appearance, but may require a longer treatment duration.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are a type of dental implant that are placed under the gum but above the jawbone. They are less invasive than endosteal implants. During the procedure, a metal framework is fitted under the gumline. As the gums heal, the framework holds the prosthetic tooth or teeth in place.

Compared to endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants offer faster healing due to their less invasive nature. However, they are usually more expensive. These implants are a good option for patients with limited bone height, but not recommended for those with severe gum disease. Although they provide less stability compared to endosteal implants, they are still a less invasive alternative.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are used when the jawbone lacks the adequacy for traditional implants, requiring anchoring in the cheekbone (zygomatic bone).

The procedure involves a specialised surgical technique to implant into the zygomatic bone, resulting in a relatively longer healing period due to its intricate nature.

These implants are particularly suitable for patients experiencing significant bone loss in the upper jaw, often attributable to prolonged denture use. While zygomatic implants provide a viable alternative in situations where traditional implants are impractical, they involve a highly specialised procedure, an extended healing duration, and higher associated costs.

‘All on 4’ or ‘All on X’ Implants

‘All on 4’ implants involve placing four dental implants in the jawbone to support a full arch of teeth, this is also sometimes done with more than four implants. This procedure is for people who need all of the teeth in an arch replaced.

While the upfront cost may be higher, the efficiency of the procedure can offset long-term costs. ‘All on 4’ implants are suited to patients with multiple missing teeth or those seeking a full-mouth restoration.

Common Questions About Dental Implants

What are the most realistic dental implants?

All types of dental implants provide a highly realistic and natural appearance when performed correctly by a dental professional. However, ceramic or porcelain crowns are often chosen for their lifelike aesthetics. Talk to your Adelaide dentist at Commercial Road Dental today to get the right type of dental implant for you.

How many teeth can you have on one implant?

Typically, one dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth. However, implant-supported bridges and full arch restorations can replace multiple teeth on a limited number of implants.

What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are two options to consider: dental implants and bridges. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and function as artificial tooth roots, while bridges rely on neighbouring teeth for support. Compared to bridges, dental implants are more stable, do not affect adjacent teeth, and can even prevent bone loss that may occur underneath bridges.

What is the difference between dental implants and dentures?

Implants are permanently anchored in the jawbone and provide superior stability compared to removable dentures. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that sit on top of the gums.

Can you get IV sedation for dental implants?

Yes, IV sedation is a common option for dental implant procedures. It ensures you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure. The professionals at Commercial Road Dental will discuss sedation options based on your needs and preferences.

Choosing the right type of dental implant is a decision that should be made in consultation with your dental professional. Speak with your Adelaide dentist at Commercial Road Dental to determine the best option for your unique situation, so you can enjoy a beautiful and functional smile for years to come.

Book an appointment now to discuss dental implants with your dentist in Adelaide.

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